What's in a name?

THE HOT CORNER

January 16, 1992

Washington still has its Redskins and Atlanta its Braves -- along with their tomahawk-chopping fans -- but the Columbus, Ga., franchise in the Class A South Atlantic League has responded to American Indian objections by changing its nickname from Indians to RedStixx.

The name was taken from the Redstick Warriors, a former faction of the Muscogee Indian nation that, according to historians, fought to preserve its heritage and homeland in the Chattahoochee Valley during the early 1800s.

Last season, the team now known as the RedStixx fought to finish 19 games out of first place.

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